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[Windows] Optimize and clean your computer with Advanced SystemCare

2014-01-06_010724 [1]Having an system optimization tool that provides more than one service can be very useful in optimizing your system. While there are a number of professional software available that can perform the task very well, Advanced SystemCare can perform some of the most common optimization functions for free… and perform them well.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

 Main Functionality

Advanced SystemCare is an optimization and cleaning software that can perform a large number of functions to clean and optimize your system.

Take note Advanced SystemCare comes in two versions — Free and Pro. The following chart lists out the difference between Free and Pro:

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Pros

Cons

Discussion

Advanced SystemCare is a very useful tool for improving the performance of your system. The program comes as a package of a large number of tools that can scan for malware, defragment your hard drive, defragment the registry, clean junk files, delete privacy traces, and more.

When you first download the program, the large number of options and tools may prove confusing but don’t be overwhelmed. To start with, you can take advantage of the Simplified Mode by starting the initial scan. The Smart Scan option in the Simplified Mode provides basic scanning functions such as malware removal, fix registry errors, delete browser history, delete junk files, and provide a small boost to your internet connection.

2013-04-18_234058 [5]The Expert Mode is more useful for those who have more knowledge about computers. In this mode the interface is divided into three options:

That said, I want to provide some commentary on Advanced SystemCare.

Advanced SystemCare has always had a Free and Pro version. While there have always been feature differences between Free and Pro and IObit has never really need very open about the differences, it was fairly easy to use Free/Pro. Now, however, Advanced SystemCare is so bloody convoluted. Not only is it near impossible to tell the difference between Free and Pro, but the program seemingly contradicts itself as to what features are only available in Pro (e.g. in Toolbox tab it says Registry Cleaner and Internet Booster are for Pro only but in Care tab both features are enabled in Free version). Not only that but it seems like half of the functionality shown in the Toolbox tab of Advanced SystemCare is not actually available in Advanced SystemCare — you have to download other IObit programs to get it.

I’m not saying Advanced SystemCare is a bad program. I’m saying it is bloody confusing as hell, especially if you get the Free version.

Conclusion and Download Link

Advanced SystemCare may be confusing, but it is an excellent tool that provides you with a number of functions that can optimize and clean your system. And, generally speaking, it works well. With a Free version, it is hard not to recommend; if you want some more “umph” you can upgrade to the Pro version.

If you don’t like Advanced SystemCare, there are plenty of alternatives to pick from: CCleaner [6], Wise Care 365 Free [7], Toolwiz Care [8], Glary Utilities [9], WinUtilities Free [10], Puran Utilities [11], and much more.

Price: Free, $15 Pro version

Version Reviewed: v7.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download Size: 20.4MB

VirusTotal Malware Scan Results: 0/44 [12]

Portability: Yes, you can create portable version after installing it

Advanced SystemCare homepage [13]